Il Lago

4.5
118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Lago's motto, "Simply Italian", comes from our simple and honest approach to Italian cuisine and ambiance - always fresh, clean and delicious with generous portions of excellent authentic Italian food made from the finest ingredients. Our setting has an abundance of rustic charm which will speak for itself upon your arrival. Come on in and experience for yourself why many are saying, "This is our new favorite restaurant"...
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(732) 204-2646
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer catering by the tray for your off-site catering needs. Call to inquire.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Just 3 minutes from the SeaStreak Ferry Terminal in Highlands, NJ
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 118 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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O
Atlantic City
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been many times and have never been disappointed, great food!

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EL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

this is the second time we have gone here...the first time we couldnt rave about it enough...this time we were very disappointed... food not the same,,,ordered veal and u could feed 2 easily on the dish..but meat was tough...sauce different than last time.. not as good...bread so crispy it fell apart..this restaurant should hire more help...we felt sorry for the waitress...she did a good job for the amount of orders she was taking..we will go back again...we have gift certificates...if it is like this last time we will not return or recommend to friends

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious- they had a lot of great specials. The service was awesome as well- and I can't forget to mention the delicious dessert!!

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D
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal! Love the friendly service! Love the cozy yet chic industrial ambience with brick walls, tin ceilings, interesting lighting, etc. The portions are very generous and the food tastes like the best food you might find in your homes or a trip to Italy! I personally love that the chef is generous with slices of garlic, even in the red tomato sauce- but I am sure this restaurant will accommodate any special preferences. When I asked for olive oil I was served oil mixed with chopped garlic, red pepper, and grated cheese on the side to accompany the warm crusty bread. Yum! This is our new go to spot when we want straightforward excellent Italian food!! Also love that it is BYOB🍷

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JF
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. And plenty of it!! Value was incredible. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. One minor thing was it was cold in restaurant. But it was a very cold and windy evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food, Chef, not to be missed.

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CF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! Great food, service as always!!

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CF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed!! Food and service is always great!!

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O
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was Outstanding and service was very good! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service wonderful! Great local place and BYO!

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MT
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed out first visit to Il Lago. We loved the scallops and the pork osso bucco entrees, which were both specials. The pork was tender and loaded with flavor with the delicious sauce. The desserts were great. Very nice, cozy, casual restaurant.

Will certainly be back!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Food and service excellent. Would definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Thank you opentable for listing this as an option for us . . .we never would have found it on our own! Great surprise and we will go back. Delicious authentic Italian food in a cozy setting. BYOB and friendly staff complete the experience. Definitely try it!

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j
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very quaint little restaurant. Pork chop Arrabiata was outstanding , as was the veal francaise. Nice warm bread with delicious garlic & herb flavored oil, yummy. Salad is included in entree! Overall excellent food, will definitely go back-again & again!

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with friends, the service was excellent and the food was amazing. The rice balls were huge and delicious. Osso bucco , scallops and pork chops were great. Definitely plan to return.

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, well prepared food and ambiance that will take you...

A 10 all the way around....

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JZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure. I think others agree because there are more diners there every time we go back.

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JD
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed great food and good service!

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite local restaurants. Food and service are always very good and its BYOB. Great value and worth the drive from my hometown. I recommend Il Lago for a nice dinner experience. Also, Friday nights less crowded than Saturday.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was good but restaurant was to rustic and we got dressed up as thought it was more fine dining. Everytone was casual

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GP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall the food was good. Restaurant was understaffed and despite best efforts of waiter he was overwhelmed, yet pleasant. Would dine here again, but wouldn’t make a special trip.

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D
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed this warm and inviting Italian spot- BYOB is nice and food was delicious- We both just felt that pasta should have been included with the veal parmigiana— but still look forward to returning.

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PC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant ..widefinitely go back again !

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p
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was out first visit and we went on a Wednesday when they have the tour of Italy special which is probably the best deal anywhere. Four course for 2 at a ridiculously low price and the food is good. I had a Flounder Francaise that was very good mu only disappointment was that nothing accompanied it. No vegetable or starch. I would prefer that you take off the 1st course and add some vegetables. Nonetheless the food was very good. I look forward to coming back and just having the regular menu. The people are nice, the service was very good. Its just a nice place that you can't help but want to try again. In the words of the Terminator, I'll be back!

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JZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been there too many times to come up
With something new.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were VERY VERY pleased with everything regarding this restaurant--We also own a business and it is very UPBEAT to be able to truly tell how nice something is and appreciated. The food was excellent--the employees were also great and the entire surrounding was very comfortable. We fully intend on returning many more times--and please send our compliments to the owner.
Thank You```

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BA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place, returning customer. I love there specials and tour menu for 2

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

weak service. Brought a great bottle of wine and they broke the cork, filter it into a plastic water pitcher. Not cool at all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was carbo loading for a road race, so I greatly appreciated the generous portions! The fresh baked hot bread with the seasoned, olive oil to dip it in was excellent. Pasta was perfectly done and the red sauce was delicious. Place was packed on a Saturday night, so consider making a reservation. Looking forward to eating there again!

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meals were all excellent! My chicken Francaise was perfect ! Just the correct amount of lemon and lightly egg battered. Asparagus was done al dente! Our antipasto appetizers were ample and contains nice selections of meats and cheese.

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JZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Food is very good and portions are generous. Noise level is usually high. But, that’s common in US restaurants. Nothing the staff can do about that.

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T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Special salad and bread with infused olive oil were excellent. Entrees were okay, on the high side price wise, nice size portions. Attentive service.

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O
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always Il Lago was up to its Outstanding standards! Food and Service was Outstanding!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, company, and atmosphere. Nice surprise from a little place in a small town trying to make a comeback!!!

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HR
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small Italian bistro. BYOB. The food was very good. The service was great. It gets somewhat loud as the restaurant fills up.
I was surprised at the interior decor... Just not as great as it could be I guess...
Still... that doesn't effect the food or service.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We kind of stumbled upon this place and were very happy that they could accommodate us on short notice. The food was very good and our server, as well as the bus boy were very attentive. Being a BYOB is great too, since we like to bring wine from our cellar, if possible. We will definitely return and bring friends next time.

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CK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious.

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NS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time at this restaurant. Located on Bay Ave in Highlands, the outside is inviting. We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly at that time. Started off with Rice Balls as the appetizer and they were good. Small but tasty salads along with bread were also brought to the table. My wife had the Penne Bolognese and I had the Chicken Parmesan. Both were good. I was disappointed the Chicken did not come with a small side of pasta but the waiter was clear to let me know that. All said, the people were friendly, service was OK, a bit noisy and the food was good. I will go back.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent as was the service. I had the salmon stuffed with crabmeat and my husband had a flounder dish. The fish was very fresh and tasty. I also like that the restaurant is BYO. We’ll be back soon.

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MD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from our server, Joe. This night we had specials … the rice balls appetizer was phenomenal; actually the 2 of us could not finish them and so we had some leftover. The pan-seared scallops and the Ossobucca were expertly crafted. It was a very enjoyable meal. On this Saturday evening, the noise level got a bit high volume at times but otherwise the ambiance was just fine for a casual dinner out. We will return.

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